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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Feb 18, 2011 8:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Came up for air

Love that tune... put on Voodoo Child... which leads you to Stevie Ray Vaughan... maybe Little Wing... by that time you'll be drowned in a Texas Flood.

Like you, it takes a lot to pull me away from the GD and JG - been in total immersion for almost two years now.

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Feb 19, 2011 1:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Came up for air

I'm nearly always, ok - I am always - devoted to the Dead, but I do make the effort to come back out of the dark to listen to lots of my other favorites. Even if it's just to hear a song, but often I'll throw a whole cd on. Love Jimi, and Stevie. Just yesterday I came out of a job interview at a recruitment agency to hear some guy playing his Stratocaster out in the street to a backing track. He was playing and singing a Stevie Ray Vaughan song, real good sound and good playing, I dropped a coin into the cup. But I was on my way back to the car and kept on walking as I listened, smiling. Nice memory, but I can't recall what song he was playing.

Lately some different things I've had on - Stevie Wonder, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, George Harrison, and ... does Jerry Garcia Band count? I played Electric Ladyland a couple weeks ago. My children were in the living room for the first few tracks, and the opening bit, The Gods Made Love, had them both look at each other and me in a strange, surprised way and looked at the stereo. The little one said something cute like, "That sounds cool, a bit scary, it's weird". Last summer, I got in my car, and Axis: Bold As Love was in my stereo - Bold As Love song was on, and one of my neighbors said, "Wow! What Is That?" with a smile on her face, I told her it was Hendrix and she said it was good, never heard that one before. I guess I take it for granted, some of the masters I have enjoyed all my life and collected... some people just let things pass them by, she's not too young, late 30's but never really knew much about Jimi. Probably not her fault - just never exposed to it. Maybe I should let her borrow a few sometime. I know she loves music and even has Grateful Dead as a "like" on her facebook, but she's no deadhead, maybe I should let her borrow a couple of these while I'm at it, too.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 19, 2011 9:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Came up for air

"Does Jerry Garcia Band count?" That's a pretty funny question....

Though I love Stevie, talent-wise I consider him just a pale shadow of Jimi. (Not a knock; I feel the same way about everyone else - I'm quite the Hendrix-worshipper.)
Bold As Love & Electric Ladyland are very special albums & close to my heart.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Feb 20, 2011 4:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Came up for air

LIA,I too almost made the mistake of saying SRV was some sort of Jimi clone and were both so wrong. Stevie obviously a devote of Jimi but clearly his forte is staight hard Texas blues and swing. I've seen them both and I never compared them w/each other w/ the caviate that when he did his 3-4 song Hendrix interlude you'd have to be impressed.I don't say Kenny Wayne Sheepards' a clone of SRV just another slinger w/ similar tone, technic,and equipment. Eric Johnson can also be grouped into the Hendrix>SRV>KWS thread.I have to dissagree that SRV was a mere shadow of Hendrix.There is one thing that I don't understand about the death of SRV. Why was he on the copter alone and not the band. Besisides the pilot and his manager I don't recall hearing anyone else dying which of course is the only good thing that happened out of this tragedy.Just curious while yes it's his band but why only him on that chopper. This always bothered me.

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Poster: fourempties Date: Feb 19, 2011 6:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Came up for air SRV

Stevie, Stevie, Stevie. One of the moments in my life I will never forget is where I was when I heard that Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash. I was lucky enough to have seen him many time in concert, and I collected many bootlegs back in my CD trading days. Here is probably the best SRV bootleg if anyone is interested. There are many other ways to get this show of course, but it is here;

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/stevie-ray-vaughan/concerts/ripleys-music-hall-october-20-1983.html

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 19, 2011 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Came up for air SRV

That was one of my favorite bootlegs, back in the day. '83 was in Stevie's peak period, I think (the great El Mocambo video was also from that year). I still have a pile of tapes of Stevie shows, although I haven't listened to him much at all since I went nuts over the Dead....

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Poster: utopian Date: Feb 19, 2011 9:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Came up for air

I was a Hendrix fanatic. We shared the same birthday, both are a little Cherokee, and just love the blues.

Axis was a mainstay for me. born under the bad sign from a official cd of unreleased material is creamy. If you havnt listened to the live band of gypsies from 1-1-70 date? with that spectacular machine gun, that's a good place to end since he died a short while later.

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Poster: ducats Date: Feb 19, 2011 5:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Came up for air

2 years - try it for 30, and you guys wonder why I'm so fucked up.